Kelly Floro

Oh hey there! I'm Ibex, the lead writer and content editor of this site. Before I started working for The Trek, I thru-hiked the AT and explored many other incredible trails around North America. I mostly spend my spare time scheming new adventures and inadvertently setting my hair on fire while cooking.

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The PCT Thru-Hike Checklist: 29 Things To Do Before You Start

The PCT Thru-Hike Checklist: 29 Things To Do Before You Start

Getting ready for a thru-hike is a daunting process. Unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life for a multi-month trek sounds incredible, but

Nov 18, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Eddie Bauer CirrusLite Down Jacket Review (First Impressions)

Eddie Bauer CirrusLite Down Jacket Review (First Impressions)

The following is a sponsored post brought to you by Eddie Bauer. Get 50% off sitewide at EddieBauer.com 11/19-11/27 during the Black Friday and Cyber

Nov 18, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Nimblewill Nomad, 83, Just Became the Oldest Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

Nimblewill Nomad, 83, Just Became the Oldest Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

Meredith "Sunny" Eberhart, 83—better known as the Nimblewill Nomad—has become the oldest person ever to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. He finished

Nov 8, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Abandoned Trash Is Causing Heavy Bear Activity Near McAfee Knob

Abandoned Trash Is Causing Heavy Bear Activity Near McAfee Knob

Abandoned food garbage near McAfee Knob is starting to attract bears, according to the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC). In a Facebook post on

Oct 29, 2021 : Kelly Floro
How to Tell Your Loved Ones You’re Planning to Thru-Hike

How to Tell Your Loved Ones You’re Planning to Thru-Hike

So, you're planning to thru-hike a long trail. You've done some research, started laying plans, and maybe even have a tentative start date in mind.

Oct 27, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Missing Hiker Ignored Rescuers’ Phone Calls Because They Didn’t Recognize Number

Missing Hiker Ignored Rescuers’ Phone Calls Because They Didn’t Recognize Number

A Colorado day hiker who was lost for 24 hours last week reportedly ignored multiple phone calls from Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel because they

Oct 26, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Why 75% of AT Thru-Hikers Won’t Make It (Spoiler: It’s Complicated)

Why 75% of AT Thru-Hikers Won’t Make It (Spoiler: It’s Complicated)

Try not to act too surprised when I say this: hiking the Appalachian Trail is pretty hard. Over 4,000 people attempt to thru-hike the AT annually,

Oct 25, 2021 : Kelly Floro
All Katahdin Trails Closed Until At Least December 1st

All Katahdin Trails Closed Until At Least December 1st

Baxter State Park announced on Wednesday that all Katahdin and Traveler trails will be closed at the trailhead through at least December 1st.

Oct 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
9 Unexpected Benefits of Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

9 Unexpected Benefits of Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

I went into my Appalachian Trail thru-hike with few expectations other than the hope for a great adventure and a vague idea about "growing as a

Oct 20, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Guthook Guides, Popular Thru-Hiking App, Rebrands as FarOut

Guthook Guides, Popular Thru-Hiking App, Rebrands as FarOut

The popular thru-hiking navigation company Guthook Guides announced today that it has rebranded as FarOut. The change reflects "the company’s current

Oct 19, 2021 : Kelly Floro